What is pediatric sedation dentistry?
Pediatric sedation dentistry is a type of dentistry that uses medication to help children relax and remain comfortable during dental procedures. Sedation can be used for a variety of reasons, including:
- To help children who are afraid of the dentist
- To make long or complex dental procedures more comfortable
- To reduce the risk of pain and anxiety
What are the different types of sedation used in pediatric dentistry?
There are three main types of sedation used in pediatric dentistry:
- Nitrous oxide: Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that is inhaled through a mask. It can help to reduce anxiety and pain, and it wears off quickly after the procedure is over.
- Oral sedation: Oral sedatives are pills that are taken before a dental procedure. They can help to relax the child and make them sleepy.
- IV sedation: IV sedation is a more powerful sedative that is given through a vein. It can help to make the child unconscious, so they are not aware of the dental procedure.
Which type of sedation is right for my child?
The type of sedation that is right for your child will depend on their age, their level of anxiety, and the type of dental procedure that needs to be done. Your dentist will discuss the different options with you and help you to choose the best one for your child.
What are the risks of sedation dentistry?
The risks of sedation dentistry are very low. However, there is always a small risk of side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, and headaches. In rare cases, there may be more serious side effects, such as respiratory problems or allergic reactions.
What should I do to prepare my child for sedation dentistry?
There are a few things you can do to help your child prepare for sedation dentistry:
- Talk to your child about what to expect during the procedure.
- Make sure your child has a good night’s sleep before the appointment.
- Do not give your child any food or drinks for at least six hours before the appointment.
- Bring your child’s favorite toy or blanket to the appointment.
What happens after sedation dentistry?
After sedation dentistry, your child will need to rest for a few hours. They may also feel sleepy or groggy. It is important to supervise your child closely after the appointment and to keep them from doing any activities that could be dangerous, such as riding a bike or climbing stairs.
Is sedation dentistry covered by insurance?
Insurance coverage for sedation dentistry varies from plan to plan. It is important to check with your insurance company to see if your plan will cover the cost of sedation dentistry